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B.C. SPCA seeks funds to help pup abandoned on Island

The B.C. SPCA is appealing to the public to help pay veterinary costs for an abandoned Golden Retriever mix recently brought into their care in Port Alberni.
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B.C. SPCA staff believe the one-year-old pup, now named Toki, had been left to fend for herself before someone found her. B.C. SPCA

The B.C. SPCA is appealing to the public to help pay veterinary costs for an abandoned Golden Retriever mix recently brought into their care in Port Alberni.

Staff at the shelter believe the one-year-old pup, now named Toki, had been left to fend for herself before someone found her. Toki was hungry and filthy. When she was washed and groomed, staff discovered she had a fracture of one of her hind legs that didn’t heal properly.

Toki will be transferred to the care of a specialist in Victoria for a medical procedure to rebreak her leg. It will take four to six weeks to stabilize and repair her leg.

“She will need to take it slow to help strengthen her leg and learn how to walk on it again. She will also require spay surgery once her leg has healed,” the society said in a press release.

Petsecure, a pet insurance company, has offered to match donations up to $5,000 to help.

The surgeries, medication, treatment and daily care for Toki until she’s ready for adoption will cost about $10,000.

Staff working at the Port Alberni shelter described her as the “sweetest patient,” greeting her favourites with a tail wag and rolling over for belly rubs.

To donate visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency.